Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Nuttall's Lobelia
Lobelia nuttallii
Family: Campanulaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S2

Damp to dry sandy soil, wet meadows, sandy swamps.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early July to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This is a delicate plant standing 2-6 dm tall. The leaves are linear at the top of the stem and oblanceolate toward the base. Pedicels are scabrous. Flowers small (7-15mm), pale blue with a white center, pubescence toward the inside base of the lower lip of the corolla.

The habitat for this species is especially sensitive to changes in hydrology and not likely to withstand much alteration. Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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